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One Of The Royals Has Come Out As Gay

Lord Ivar Mountbatten, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth, has become the first member of the British royal family to come out as gay.

Mountbatten, who has three children with ex-wife Penelope Thompson, told the Mail on Sunday newspaper he had struggled with his sexuality but was happy to now be in a partnership with James Coyle, an airline cabin services director.

Lord Ivar Mountbatten (L) with Levi Strauss & Bo CEO Chip Bergh in 2014

"Penny was aware before we got married,"said Mountbatten, who is the great-great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria.

"I told her I was bisexual, that my attraction went both ways. She was understanding and I will always be grateful to her.

Lord Ivar Moutbatten (L) with a friend in 1994

"'Coming out' is such a funny phrase but it's what I suppose I did in a rather roundabout way, emerging to a place I'm happy to be.

"I have struggled with my sexuality and in some ways I still do; it has been a real journey to reach this point."

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